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Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology

  • Review Article   
  • J Clin Exp Neuroimmunol 2017,

Acupuncture Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis: Why should Physicians Recommend it?

Zogopoulos Panagiotis1,2*, Gkorgkolis Vasileios3, Venetikidis Anastasios2, Sagris Konstantinos4, Vretakos Georgios2, Theocharis Stamatios5 and Rologis Dimitrios2
1Department of Medical Acupuncture, Metropolitan Hospital, Athens, Greece
2Department of Neurosurgery, Metropolitan Hospital, Athens, Greece
3St. Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Broomfield Hospital, UK
4Intensive Care Unit, Metropolitan Hospital, Athens, Greece
5First Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
*Corresponding Author : Zogopoulos Panagiotis, Department of Medical Acupuncture, Metropolitan Hospital, Athens, Greece, Tel: +306976053555, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jun 12, 2017 / Accepted Date: Jul 13, 2017 / Published Date: Jul 20, 2017


Allergic rhinitis is an IgE-mediated inflammation of the nasal mucosa that is clinically expressed with sneezing, nasal congestion/pruritus and rhinorrhea, in any combination. With nearly 10%-20% of the global population suffering from allergic rhinitis, it is obvious that it affects significantly patient’s quality of life and productivity, as well as imposes a huge economic burden through associated healthcare costs. Current pharmacological treatment (H1- antihistamines, glucocorticosteroids, leukotriene antagonists, decongestants, anticholinergics), as well as allergen immunotherapy, usually fail to achieve complete remission of symptoms or cause treatment-related side-effects. Extensive clinical and experimental investigations over the last decades have shed light on the efficacy, as well as mechanisms of action of acupuncture treatment for allergic rhinitis. We present the available data, to date, which suggest that acupuncture should be part of the treatment algorithm for allergic rhinitis patients.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; Rhinorrhea; Acupuncture treatment; Global population

Citation: Panagiotis Z, Vasileios G, Anastasios V, Konstantinos S, Georgios V, et al. (2017) Acupuncture Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis: Why should Physicians Recommend it? J Clin Exp Neuroimmunol 2: 113.

Copyright: © 2017 Panagiotis Z, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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